BOSSES say a huge 65-acre site which they have bought "will be the place to do business in the East of England."

Braintree Council has completed the purchase of the land in Great Notley which will soon be home to a business park called Horizon 120.

Council chiefs say they want the park - which will be the size of 32 football pitches - to attract businesses involved in research, digital, manufacturing and professional services.

And it is also hoped it will create up to 2,000 jobs once building is completed at the site near Great Notley Country Park.

Cabinet member for economic development, Tom Cunningham, said: “Horizon 120 will be the place to do business in the East of England. We are in a great strategic location.

"We’re close to Stansted Airport, close to the ports and close to Cambridge and London."

Council chiefs say they hope site will be of particular interest to companies working with Stansted Airport.

Councillor Cunningham continued: "We are already delighted by the level of interest in the site which has exceeded even the highest of our expectations.

"It’s attracting inward investment, businesses that need to expand can come to Braintree and they will be a great source of highly skilled jobs for our district’s residents.

"It’s important for us that residents who call the district their home do not have to commute outside the area for good jobs."

It forms part of a £100million investment scheme announced by the council to help it become financially independent by 2020.

The project team say they are continuing to take calls from a whole host of prestigious names which want to discuss being part of the park.

Cllr Cunningham said: "Our vision for Horizon 120 is of a real business community where employees can have a drink, drop children off at childcare and enjoy a lunchtime run in the beautiful Great Notley Country Park.

"Horizon 120 will mean that residents have better access to skilled jobs in a great setting close to home."

Businesses interested in being involved should email